Tonight is a night that no one on Grey’s Anatomy will ever forget. It’s the night that their careers will be forever tainted because they participated in Grey’s Anatomy: The Musical Episode.
You know, I really wish I were kidding. But no. This show, that strives to be a dramatic representation of a hospital — no quirks, not fantasy, no make-believe — is doing a musical episode. Now, before you picture McDreamy dancing up and down the hallways, I don’t think it’s that extreme, but in a show like this, a musical episode just doesn’t fit, and I find it incredibly dumb. It’s a stunt, just to get people to watch.
Sadly, because I want to see how much of a trainwreck it is, I’m probably going to fall in that trap, but I’ll be sure to do it on my own TiVo that was homemade on my own time this weekend, so my one eensy viewing will hopefully not help their ratings. You can let me know if my plan won’t work that way. But anyway, all of this is to ask:
What is the stupidest TV rating stunt you’ve seen?
This can be cameo appearances or guest stars. Ridiculous plotlines. “Live” shows (we can thank ER for starting that trend). Fantasy or dream episodes. Heck, even musical episodes.
Actually, I think hospital shows tend to fall in this category a lot. I mean, ER had a helicopter chop off someone’s arm, only to have him recuperate and die once another helicopter fell on him. Grey’s Anatomy had an episode where a bomb was in someone’s chest.
But it’s not just drama that can do too much. Scrubs once did an episode where everyone was some fantastical, medieval character, and Turk and Carla were a two-headed monster. Every time I see that episode rerun, I change the channel. Or what about soaps, when we had the serial killer on Days of Our Lives, only to have them all be alive on some secret island (or was it a room? I forget).
Anyway, there are some stupid stunts on TV, and while they may not all be during sweeps, they are all to get people to watch. So which one bothered you? Let me know in the comments.
Don’t these people know that’s why you do musical theater while you’re on hiatus? Bah.